Tucker Colvin, M.S.

Tucker Colvin earned his B.S. in Environmental Science from Montana State University in 2014 and his M.S. in Geography from the University of New Mexico in 2020. He joined SW EFC in 2021 and has been working with EPA Region 6 Tribal drinking water systems and on research projects related to water system funding, infrastructure, management, and drought. As a graduate student Tucker worked with the Climate and Human Development research group at UNM to identify the needs and challenges faced by rural drinking water systems in New Mexico and the governance and institutional structures that created them. Additionally, he researched how institutional structures treat populations differently. His thesis, titled Drinking Water Governance for Whom? An Institutional Analysis of Rural Drinking Water Systems in New Mexico, earned thesis distinction. Before graduate school, Tucker worked as a drinking water treatment plant operator in Bozeman, Montana. In this position we worked with SCADA systems, asset management plans, equipment maintenance, source water protection, regulations and compliance, water chemistry, and community relations. He maintains his Montana operator’s license. Tucker also has experience working in water and soil chemistry laboratories, teaching science and geography courses, and working in agriculture.